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Metal Museum

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Address: 374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106-1514
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+1 901-774-6380
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is the only Museum of its kind in...

The Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is the only Museum of its kind in the United Sates. The Museum grounds consist of 3 and a half acres of land directly over looking the Mississippi River just south of downtown Memphis. On the grounds you will find a sculpture garden, a fully functioning blacksmith shop and foundry, a library holding our permanent collection, and our main Museum which houses rotating exhibitions of emerging and established metalsmiths worldwide. The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metal work. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship and apprenticeship opportunities, and artist residencies. The value of the Metal Museum extends well beyond its exhibitions and facilities recognizing and promoting the careers of metalsmiths.

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Nice gardens and sculptures

We visited with our dog. The gardens and sculptures were beautiful. It was poring rain the day we visited, so did not stay to long.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited with our dog. The gardens and sculptures were beautiful. It was poring rain the day we visited, so did not stay to long.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I LOVE this place. The creativity on display is so interesting to see and many of the metal sculpture pieces are set in such a beautiful garden that I almost forgot to go inside the small museum/gift shop building. They have outbuilding were on the day I was there they were doing demonstrations of poured metal process that was fascinating.... More 

Thank SandyKicklighter
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very unique and has a working forge with staff and fellows making art and other projects. The gift gallery is fabulous with awesome treasures. It is definitely worth a visit!

Thank Foodexperience1
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have interest in metals of fine arts and crafts, this small museum is a must see. Nice displays housed in a stunning old mansion on the bluff, gazebo with view down the turn of the Mississippi with lovely garden and working foundry in back.

Thank rawlinsarchive
Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in Memphis for years, known about the Metal Museum, but never been. The museum is small, but the indoor and outdoor galleries as well as the location by the river are absolutely lovely. The fee is really inexpensive too! I really like architectural salvage, so am almost pre-disposed to liking metal work - I'll definitely be making more... More 

Thank KLM3008
Lapeer, Michigan
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We intentionally visited this place, not to go inside the museum, but, rather, to see the outdoor sculptures and see the amazing view of the Mississippi from their ornate gazebo. The front gates are unique & stunning, many of the sculptures throughout the courtyard are funny, and the local kitty-cat was charmingly coy. Immediately next door is an old, abandoned... More 

Thank rackinrhettman
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a small museum with a lot of soul. the people who work there are very dedicated, and it's clearly a mecca for anyone who is a metalsmith. The exhibits were thought-provoking and the apprentices in the blacksmith shop were friendly and informative. Great gift shop, too. Make sure you really look at the entrance iron gates: they are... More 

Thank Skeptika
Rural Retreat, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Interesting exhibits in & out. Loved the 19th century Gazebo atop the bluff overlooking the River (awesome photo op, plan ahead.) In the blacksmith shop the story of metalworking is displayed, with demonstrations. Classes in the foundry can be observed, too. Their site, dot org will help in planning your visit. Across the street is expansive Chickasaw Park, a must-see... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

There were two interesting exhibits when we were there. One was a jewelry artist and the other was an anti-gun sculptor. Both were great. The permanent collection is fairly small. There was no one working in the shop so we didn't get to see any demos other than those on the videos. I would go again when they get new... More 

Thank citidwel
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

This museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits to see. I discovered it on Groupon. (Groupon has opened my eyes to many unique places to see while traveling!) We had a beautiful day and just enjoyed some quiet time strolling through. Ask about the history of the buildings; very interesting.

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